Chuck Smith

News Producer

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years'  experience to Red River Radio  having started out as a radio news reporter and moving into television journalism as a newsmagazine producer / host,  talk-show moderator, programming director and managing producer and news director / anchor  for commercial, public broadcasting and educational television.  He has more recently worked in advertising, marketing and public relations as a writer, video producer and media consultant.   In pursuit of higher learning,  Chuck studied Mass Communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles.   He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.

Courtesy: Louisiana.Gov

SALES TAX STREAMLINING  & MODERNIZATION COMMISSION:  You might not think it matters how sales tax is collected in Louisiana but according to some public officials… who does the collecting and where it’s collected does matter. In Baton Rouge, the Sales Tax Streamlining Commission has been in meetings and is nearly ready to release their recommendations on sales tax exclusions and exemptions, but they seem to have reached an impasse on another aspect of streamlining.   Dawn Starns with the National Federation of Business favors a centralized sales tax collection system. 

Credit Arlene Honza / City of Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau

THEY'RE EARLY! - Thanks to a milder winter,  the famous Texas Bluebonnets have made an early appearance along Texas highways and interstates.   The popular state flower seems to be everywhere and motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when stopping along busy roadways to take in the views.  Also with warmer weather means snakes and fire ants will be showing up too so people are urged to keep an eye out for those too.

Courtesy: La. State Gov.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM-Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation.  But according to Governor John Bel Edwards,  the state’s prison population could be reduced 13 percent if the state legislature enacts reforms approved by the Justice Reinvestment Task Force.  In Baton Rouge yesterday, the task force presented their recommendations. Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc said this was the most comprehensive study of Louisiana’s criminal justice system in the history of the state.

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